So, the old model 6101/6102 this phone replaces is notorious for at least two major problems.
First, it has low/inconsistent earpiece volume. I've experienced it first-hand as I got to use someone's 6102. Let me tell you it's terrible. Even at the highest volume, this tri-band phone would sound okay to totally inaudible. The lowest volume setting sounded just about as bad as the highest. I'm in the middle of downtown, no problem with coverage. My 4 year old single-band candybar Nokia sounds a lot louder and clearer. Couldn't have been more disappointed. Some have claimed it was the automated volume adjustment setting in the menu, some said that wasn't it at all (it was off when I was testing it, btw). One person claimed it was a ... (continues)
I got the Nokia 6103 last week that T-mobile will be selling in a few months. It is exactly like the 6101 except it has Bluetooth. The major upgrade from the 6101 is that the memory is A LOT better. You can actually hold a few dozen pictures and have hundreds of messages saved on your phone without having to delete something every 5 seconds before you can use the camera or send a text message again. I love the Bluetooth since it works so conveniently. The picture quality on the outside LCD screen still sucks..in this model Nokia did not bother to improve that in anyway. Overall it is just as good as the 6101 except the major overall improvement is the memory quality.
Several of the stories I read early on about these two phones stated that the 6103 was a re-design on the exterior as well as the new features...and the 6102i was going to look pretty much the same as before.....??????